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I love finding stuff on trash day. jeffreyh=dumpster diver!(10 posts)

I love finding stuff on trash day. jeffreyh=dumpster diver!Haiku d'état
Aug 29, 2001 6:17 AM
in the last 6 months:

-bmx frame with two coats of black housepaint, wheels

-single 27" front wheel

-1960s huffy 3-speed with s/a components

and, this morning on the way to work:

-80s (70s?) huffy 10-speed road bike with shifters on stem

and, purchased in the last year:

-western flyer cruiser, $54
-huffy single speed coaster brake cruiser, $30
-late 1960s raleigh sprite, $5

if it can't be repaired or serve as a parts farm, it'll be stripped and become yard art. i used to live across the street from a strange older woman who'd wait for trash day, then harvest broken lawn chairs, old doors and other crazy stuff from the neighborhood curbs. you never saw her do it, but the stuff would mysteriously disappear, only to reappear on her curb the following week.
We love yard art.MB1
Aug 29, 2001 6:33 AM
We like to ride way out in the country. Some of the yard art is very amusing. The yard sales are pretty good too. Our favorite so far this year was the size 30 wedding dress draped over a tree.

The artistic creativity and humor of country folk is often overlooked by city dwellers.
The next time you're in Manassas ...Humma Hah
Aug 29, 2001 7:49 AM
... come in via 234 (like, maybe, Sept 29, on your way to Nokesville), continue on Sudley Rd past where 234 splits right, and look to your left. At Portner St, there's a yard who's fence is a row of old bikes.
Ultimate yard art houseTig
Aug 29, 2001 7:39 AM
This house is a hidden landmark of Houston. It is rumored that a few Cannondales are mixed in the decor. http://www.houstonview.com/beer_can_house.htm
Monday I passed up a $5 Motobecane roadbike ...Humma Hah
Aug 29, 2001 7:46 AM
... A bit rusty, no front tire, but I probably could have gotten it to work. Might be a little tricky finding non-standard French parts.

The big turn-off was the frame design, sort of a "unisex" design with a lot of little diagonal tubes.

And no Nervux lugs.

A kid's BMX bike, probably servicable with just a little wrenching, was in the trash here a month ago. I felt bad about not taking it and seeing it got a good home, but have no room in the garage at the moment.

A mile from here, there's a fence around someone's garden made out of old bikes, all painted with white housepaint. I keep meaning to drop by and see if the roadbike down at the end is worth talking them out of.
there's a derelict cruiser with taco-d front wheel on my routeHaiku d'état
Aug 29, 2001 7:50 AM
in the midst of a few rollers that just barely get me outta my seat. we're moving to our new house just across the street from these folks in a few weeks. the old hulk has been sitting there, leaned against a car from the early 60s, neither of which have likely been in running condition for years upon years. haven't gotten the nerve to approach them yet--it's not about confronting them, it's about storing another bike between houses.

she's a beaut, though--burnt red with silver fenders, plush sadle, healthy dose of rust, big/wide handlebars. i'm summoned every time i pass that house on my usual weeknight 60-minute ride.
Trash Day is like one really big, really cheap yardsale...Greg Taylor
Aug 29, 2001 9:29 AM
...so far I've had a GREAT year scavenging stuff. Scored a

* Campy Record front hub: old, but servicable. Polished up nice!

* Trek 730 hybrid (in the coveted 38 cm size...with 700c wheels. Talk about wierd geometry...). I fixed it and passed along to a very small neighbor.

* The Fixed Gear Project (aka "Trixie The Fixie") is mostly composed of trash items, to wit:

The frame (unidentified lugged steel, probably French from the '70s)

The crank and bottom bracket ('80's Shimano Deore from a mountain bike that had been seriously wrecked and thrown out)

Rims (various Araya 36 holers) laced to my hubset

Brakes (old Weinemann centerpulls and Diacompe levers)

* The majority of an old Campy Valentino Gruppo stripped from an Atala that was left for the trash.

Not bad!!
Things i've scoredgust-of-sun
Aug 29, 2001 10:01 AM
in the last 3 years:
19" color TV, 3 years old, in dumpster. needed soldering and a remote control.
14" 1994 kona hahanna complete, had two flat tires and a Ulock permanently attached.
21" early 90's schwinn mesa runner: good for parts/singlespeed coffee shop bike
48cm raliegh grand prix, gold metallic: needed new tires
16" iron horse MTB: 1+1/4 steer tube, needed rear wheel and seat
17" schwinn cross bike: rusty with flat tires and squeaky brakes.
antique record storage cabinet (for 78rpm's)
laptop computer with HP inkjet printer

I used to live near a bike shop that would rather throw product away and claim a loss than give/sell it even to their own employees. so the employees would dutifully throw it away, then come back after hours to claim it from the dumpster.

it's sad to see what people throw away, but it's good to see the informal system that has developed to recycle stuff, whether it be for it's intended purpose, or not.

check http://www.blackstonebike.com/ for some nice recycled stuff.

gust-of-sun
i'm not going to haiku this, but it begs at least a glance...Haiku d'état
Aug 29, 2001 10:25 AM
Oh it deserves a haiku! Or at least a Ode. LOL nmMB1
Aug 29, 2001 10:31 AM